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Last year’s Tsogo Sun Sprint winner Talktothestars is “healthy, fine and fit” and trainer Coenie de Beer is hoping for a good run in the R1-million Grade 1 sprint at Scottsville on Saturday.

Dubbed the “shoeless wonder” after giving his trainer the only Grade 1 win of his career at the Pietermaritzburg track last year, De Beer has described Talktothestars as “an unbelievably professional athlete”.

The five-year-old Overlord gelding has followed nearly the same route to the 1200m feature as 12 months ago, although finishing eighth instead of first in the Senor Santa Handicap over 1160m this time around. His last run was in the Grade 1 Computaform Sprint over 1000m, a race in which he has finished second two years running – this year going down 1.30 lengths to Rafeef and last year getting beaten a length by Carry On Alice.

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